« Last post by Jeff on April 16, 2015, 03:23:47 PM »
Hard Rane at Frankenstein: When I put this up in '79 with Dave Walters, he told me that Martha Morris had always wanted a climb with her son Rane's name; since we found this climb hard, and it WAS ice, Hard Rane it became! Point of trivia, on the crux I left a tied off Terrordactyl in turf as protection and continued on to the top with a Hummingbird and a Chouinard Zero north wall hammer.
Royal Arches Reminiscence, on Cathedral-- can no longer be done as Frank Zahar and I did the FA(5.9R, A2) in October of 1971; the huge pine tree in the Big Flush, (also used by Ajax Green, Jeff Pheasant & Joe Cote on the FFA 2 years later at 10b) is long gone although it was still mentioned in 1996 inWebster's 3rd edition to the guidebook. Since we climbed the pine from the end of the 5.9 R slab to gain a branch from which we stepped into the Peanut Gallery Flake, to then diagonal left up the face to the 5.9 layback flake and the well known ledge below the top of the overhanging face right of The Prow, we named it Royal Arches Reminiscence. Frank had climbed that Yosemite classic in the spring of '70 and had talked for a year about climbing the shaky dead tree for which that climb was notorious BITD.
Another point of trivia-- Ajax and his dad Larry watched from the road below Cathedral as Frank and I topped out on the FA .